About: Radicchio, part of the chicory family, has a bitter and spicy taste which mellows when grilled or roasted. Pliny the Elder recommended radicchio as a blood purifier and an aid for insomniacs. He was definitely onto something, for Radicchio does contain intybin, a substance that has sedative and analgesic effects. Radicchio is very popular in Italy where it is usually eaten grilled in olive oil or mixed into dishes such as risotto. In the US, it is most often consumed raw in salads.
Nutritional Information: Radicchio is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Storage: Put in a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator. Radicchio will keep approximately a week.
Tips: Cooking radicchio mellows its bitter taste.
Quick Fix: Throw in any type of salad! Radicchio and Arugula Salad
Recipes: Roasted Pear and Radicchio Salad with Blue Cheese, Grilled Radicchio Salad, Pasta with Braised Radicchio, Radicchio Fennel Salad, Roasted Balsamic Radicchio